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Twelfth Annual Meeting.

Wellington, 29th January, 1915.

The annual meeting of the New Zealand Institute Board of Governors was held in the Parliamentary Buildings on Friday, the 29th January, 1915, at 10 a.m.

Present: Professor C. Chilton, President (in the chair), Dr. L. Cockayne, Professor Easterfield, Mr. C. A. Ewen, Professor Farr, Dr. Hatherly, Mr. H. Hill, Professor Kirk, Professor Marshall, Mr. D. Petrie, Professor Segar, Mr. R. Speight, Mr. G. M. Thomson, Dr. Allan Thomson, Mr. A. H. Turnbull, and Mr. K. Wilson.

Change in Representation.—The Secretary announced that the only change in the representation on the Board was that caused by the election of Professor Segar as representative of the Auckland Institute in place of the late Mr. James Stewart.

Apologies for Non-attendance.—Apologies for non-attendance were received from the Hon. H. D. Bell, Minister of Internal Affairs, and from Professor von Zedlitz.

The late Mr. Stewart.—On the motion of Mr. D. Petrie, seconded by Mr. H. Hill, it was unanimously resolved that the Board of Governors of the New Zealand Institute record their appreciation of the services to the Institute of the late Mr. James Stewart, C.E., of Auckland, and express their regret at his loss.

President's Address.—The President then read his annual address. (See p. 626.)

Reports of the Incorporated Societies.—The annual reports of the incorporated societies were laid on the table.—Peceived.

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Standing Committee's Report.—The annual report of the Standing Committee was received, as follows:—

Report of Standing Committee.

Five meetings of the Standing Committee have been held during the past year, the attendance being as follows: Professor Chilton, 4; Dr. Cockayne, 4; Professor Easterfield, 4; Mr. Ewen, 2; Mr. Hill, 1; Professor Kirk, 4; Professor Marshall, 1; Dr. Petrie, 1; Mr. Stewart, 1; Mr. G. M. Thomson, 2; Dr. Allan Thomson, 2; Mr. Turnbull, 1; Mr. Wilson, 1; Professor von Zedlitz, 4.

Hector Memorial Award.—The presentation of the medal to Mr. Elsdon Best took place in the Town Hall, Wellington, on the 5th September, 1914, the President, Professor Chilton, making the presentation.

Deed of Trust.—The alteration of the Hector Memorial Deed of Trust to make it rigidly conform to the conditions laid down by the Hector Memorial Committee when handing over the fund to the New Zealand Institute has now been completed. The firm of Chapman, Skerrett, Tripp, and Blair submitted a draft of the proposed amended deed, which was referred to a sub-committee, consisting of Professors Easterfield and von Zedlitz, who reported to the Standing Committee on the 27th June, 1914, as follows:—

“The Committee set up to report on the letter dated the 20th March from the firm of Chapman, Skerrett, Tripp, and Blair, and the draft resolution enclosed therewith, beg to report as follows:—

“1. The latter part of the letter in question made it appear that in the opinion of the legal expert the Governors were to take into consideration the scientific work done in some particular year. Mr. Skerrett has been further consulted on this point, and in a letter dated the 1st May makes it clear that the investigation in any particular subject, so as to qualify for the prize, may take place in any year or number of years preceding the year in which the prize is awarded.

“2. The Committee has carefully compared the draft resolution amending the regulations and the draft deed of covenant submitted by the Institute's legal advisers with the conditions imposed by the Hector Memorial Committee before the funds were vested in the Institute. They detected certain minor discrepancies, and suggested to Mr. Skerrett that these should be rectified. Mr. Skerrett agreed to this in his letter of the 1st May, 1914, and the committee is now of opinion that the deed should be executed.”

The amended deed was duly executed by the President and the Public Trustee on the 31st July, 1914.

Hutton Memorial.—The presentation of the Hutton Memorial Medal to the recipient for the year 1914, Dr. L. Cockayne, F.R.S., was made at the same time as the Hector Medal. The research grants made at the last annual meeting to Messrs. Hilgendorf (£10) and T. Hall (£20) were duly paid.

Publications.—Volume 46 of the “Transactions of the New Zealand Institute” was issued on the 15th June, 1914, and was laid on the table of the House of Representatives and that of the Legislative Council on the 23rd July, 1914.

Bulletin No. 3, Part II, “Studies in the Bryology of New Zealand,” by Mr. H. N. Dixon, was issued on the 7th September, 1914.

Bulletin No. 1, Part II and Part III, “Description of New Genera and Species of Coleoptera,” was issued on the 20th May, 1914. Part IV is now in the press.

Finances of the Institute.—The incorporated societies have been duly circularized in connection with the motion of the Hon. Treasurer, Mr. C. A. Ewen, at the last annual meeting, which reads, “That, in terms of Regulation 5, section (e), the Institute, on and after this date, will require from each of the incorporated societies a contribution of 2s. 6d. per member,” to which motion Professor Marshall moved the following amendment, which was carried: “That the question raised in the motion be referred to the different Institutes for consideration and report.” Replies of a favourable nature have already been received from the Otago Institute and the Wellington Philosophical Society.

British Association Reception Committee.—Arrangements had been made to publish, in co-operation with the Reception Committee, the proceedings of the Congress, but, as it was found impossible to hold the meetings, no further action was taken. A report of the Committee will be published elsewhere.

Decisions of the Standing Committee.—The only other decision of the Standing Committee that is of any importance is that the amount of the Hector Prize for 1914 shall be £45.

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Annual Reports of Societies.—The annual reports and balance-sheets of the following societies have been received: Auckland Institute, to 19th February, 1914; Manawatu Philosophical Society, to 31st October, 1914; Philosophical Institute of Canterbury, to 31st October, 1914; Wellington Philosophical Society, to 30th September, 1914; Nelson Institute (Scientific and Literary Branch), to 31st March, 1914; Wanganui Philosophical Society; and Hawke's Bay Philosophical Institute.

Panama-Pacific Exposition at San Francisco.—An exhibit of all the publications of the Institute available, and those of the Canterbury Philosophical Institute, was got together and handed over to the Secretary to the New Zealand Government Commissioner to the Panama Exposition for exhibition in the New Zealand Pavilion.

Memorial to the late Mr. Hamilton.—The Wellington Philosophical Society early last year undertook to collect funds for the erection of a memorial to the late Mr. Hamilton, Director of the Dominion Museum, and at the last meeting of the New Zealand Institute Board of Governors the action of the Wellington Philosophical Society was approved. The committee appointed by the Council of the Wellington Philosophical Society to deal with the matter now reports that the sum of one hundred guineas is in hand, and has ascertained from Mr. Harold Hamilton that the wishes of the family are that a stone should be erected on the grave at Russell. A plain monolith of Whangaroa basalt is suggested, with a reference thereon to the late gentleman's keen interest in the Maori race.

Leave of Absence.—During the year some changes were necessitated through leave of absence being granted to the Hon. Treasurer and the Secretary, to enable them to visit England. Professor G. W. von Zedlitz kindly undertook to carry on the duties of Hon. Treasurer, and Dr. J. Allan Thomson acted as Hon. Secretary, and Mr. Leighton was Assistant Secretary for six months.

Numbers of Volumes of the Transactions in Stock.—During the year the custodian has taken careful stock of the immense number of Transactions now stored in the cellar of the Parliament Buildings, as well as a small number kept in the Museum for current sales and exchange. The labour of turning over, examining, counting, and storing this number of books, each weighing a few pounds, will be appreciated when it is seen that the total amounts to 15,041 volumes.

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The following is acomplete list of the Transactions in stock:—
Volume. Number of Copies.
1 349
2 Nil
3 "
4 "
5 26
6 6
7 135
8 14
9 170
10 188
11 411
12 330
13 137
14 104
15 232
16 319
17 474
18 295
19 485
20 428
21 495
22 510
23 590
24 549
25 532
26 597
27 699
28 664
29 565
30 659
31 702
32 679
33 617
34 586
35 445
36 532
37 289
38 191
39 212
40 46
41 163
42 165
43 47
44 58
45 73
46 273

The report was considered and adopted.

Hector Deed of Trust.—On the motion of Mr. G. M. Thomson, seconded by Mr. K. Wilson, a hearty vote of thanks was passed to Messrs. Chapman, Skerrett, Tripp, and Blair for the legal services which they have gratuitously rendered to the New Zealand Institute in connection with the Hector Deed of Trust.

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Financial Statements.—The Hon. Treasurer (Mr. C. A. Ewen) presented his statement of receipts and expenditure, and statement of assets and liabilities, for the year ending the 31st December, 1914, duly audited by the Deputy Auditor-General; and the Public Trustee's statements of the Carter Bequest, the Hutton Memorial Fund, and the Hector Memorial Fund, for the year ending the 31st December, 1914, duly audited by the Deputy Auditor-General. All of these statements were, on the motion of Mr. Hill, seconded by Mr. Turnbull, adopted.

Statement of Recetpts and Expfnditure for the Year ending 31st December, 1914.

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Receipts.
£ s. d.
Balance at credit in Bank of New Zealand 452 14 1
Government grant 500 0 0
Transactions sold locally 3 0 7
“Maori Art” sold 4 15 6
Bulletins sold 1 15 3
Authors' reprints 0 10 3
Wesley and Son, London: Transactions sold 13 6 3
Refund by Customs, account Dixon's bulletin 1 2 0
Postages refunded by societies 14 11 6
Hector Memorial Award 40 0 0
£1,031 15 5

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Expenditure.
£ s. d.
Governors' travelling - expenses 45 15 8
Fire - insurance premium, library, £1,500 5 0 0
Secretary's salary 25 0 0
Assistant Secretary's salary 25 0 0
Custodian's salary, 1913–14 10 0 0
Compiling catalogue scientific literature 10 0 0
Bank charge 0 10 0
Covers for posting Transactions 7 12 6
Government Printer, account vol. 45 and pamphlets 334 2 6
Hon. Editor, petty cash 3 0 0
Postage on Transactions 19 14 6
Whitcombe and Tombs, stationery 1 2 0
Secretary, petty cash 10 0 0
Hector Award to Professor Easterfield 40 0 0
536 17 2
Balance in Bank of New Zealand 494 18 3
£1,031 15 5

Balance at credit of the Institute in the Bank of New Zealand, Wellington £494 18 3

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Statement of Liabilities and Assets at 31st December, 1914.
Liabilities. Assets.
£ s. d. £ s. d.
Dec. 31. To Balance due Government Printer 416 7 3
Cost compiling catalogue scientific literature 10 0 0
By Transactions, &c., sold, not paid for 37 17 8
Authors' reprints not yet paid for 5 5 5
Balance in Bank of New Zealand 494 18 3
426 7 3 538 1 4
Credit balance 111 14 1
£538 1 4 £538 1 4
By Balance £111 14 1

In addition to the above assets, the Institute has a large stock of Transactions for sale, and possesses a very valuable library.

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Carter Bequest.—Statement of Accounts, 31st. December, 1913, to 31st December, 1914.
Dr. Cr.
£ s. d. £ s. d.
By Balance as at 31st December, 1913 Debentures— 3,411 0 8
Prior lien debenture stock fractional scrip 15 0 11
A and B stock fractional scrip 2 1 6
Interest, N.Z. Loan and Mercantile Agency 0 10 6
Dividends, N.Z. Loan and Mercantile Agency 0 7 9
Public Trust Office, interest 153 13 9
To Public Trust Office, commission and postages 0 10 0
Balance 3,582 5 1
£3,582 15 1 £3,582 15 1
By Balance £3,582 5 1

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Hutton Memorial Research Fund.—Statement of Accounts, 31st December, 1913, to 31st December, 1914.
Dr. Cr.
£ s. d. £ s. d.
By Balance as at 31st December, 1913 721 5 5
Public Trust Office, interest 31 10 4
To Beneficiary's Account. New Zealand Institute—Grant to J. Hall 20 0 0
Grant to Dr. Hilgendorf 10 0 0
Balance 722 15 9
£752 15 9 £752 15 9
By Balance £722 15 9

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Hector Memorial Fund.—Statement of Accounts, 31st December, 1913, to 31st December, 1914.
Dr. Cr.
£ s. d. £ s. d.
By Balance as at 31st December, 1913 1,077 7 3
Public Trust Office, interest 47 1 3
To Beneficiary's Account, New Zealand Institute: Award to Professor Easterfield 40 0 0
Balance 1,084 8 6
£1,124 8 6 £1,124 8 6
By Balance £1,084 8 6

Cost of Transactions.—On the motion of Professor Marshall, seconded by Mr. Speight, it was resolved, That the Hon. Treasurer be asked to make a statement of the cost of the volume each year of the New Zealand Institute Transactions and Proceedings, and of other publications issued by the Institute, for the last ten years; and that a statement of the cost of each volume be issued annually. *

[Footnote] * In accordance with this resolution the following return has been supplied by the Hon. Treasurer:—

[Footnote] The cost of printing the last ten volumes of Transactions of the New Zealand Institute is as follows: Vol. 37 (1904), £276 9s. 6d.; Vol. 38 (1905), £280 7s. 9d.; Vol. 39 (1906), £359 18s. 6d.; Vol. 40 (1907), £388 13s.; Vol. 41 (1908), £461 14s 9d.; Vol. 42 (1909), £570 15s. 6d.; Vol. 43 (1910), £412 10s.; Vol. 44 (1911), £427; Vol. 45 (1912), £374 10s.; Vol. 46 (1913), £323 5s. These amounts included the cost of printing the Proceedings separate and with the volumes.

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Hutton Fund Grants for Research.—Reports from Dr. Hilgendorf and Mr. T. Hall on the progress of the work for which grants were made to them last year were received.

Grants for the Present Year.—Several applications for grants from the fund, which had been received and referred to a special Committee, were dealt with by that Committee, who recommended that £15 be granted to Dr. C. A. Cotton as a contribution towards his travelling-expenses in an investigation of the physiographic features of the New Zealand coast, and £15 to Mr. W. R. B. Oliver, to defray expenses of travelling and apparatu for a visit to Lord Howe Island, undertaken in November, 1913.

Hector Award Committee.—The report of the Committee of Award was received, recommending the award for 1915 be made to Professor P. Marshall for his work on the geology of New Zealand. The recommendation of the Committee was unanimously adopted, and the President congratulated Dr. Marshall, who suitably replied.

Publication Committee's Report.—The report of the Publication Committee was received and approved, as follows:—

Report of the Publication Committee.

The Publication Committee begs to submit the following report for the year:—

Fifty-five papers were forwarded for the consideration of the Committee, and, of these, fifty were published in the Transactions, vol. 46, which was issued on the 15th June. It contains 436 pages, 12 plates, and a large number of illustrations in the text.

Bulletin No. 3, Part II, “Studies in the Bryology of New Zealand,” by H. N. Dixon, M.A., F.L.S., was issued on the 7th September, and contains 43 pages and 2 plates, the blocks for which were prepared in England by West, Newman, and Co., under the superintendence of the author.

The two papers on New Zealand Coleoptera by Major Broun mentioned in last year's report were issued as Parts II and III of Bulletin No. 1 on the 29th May; a further paper on the same subject is now in the press, and will shortly be issued as Part IV of Bulletin No. 1.

Sixty-eight papers have been sent in for vol. 47 of the Transactions, and a considerable number of these are already in the hands of the printer.

At the last annual meeting of the Board of Governors two questions were referred to the Publication Committee—viz., the possibility of issuing the Transactions more frequently than once a year, and the advisability of recommencing the separate issue of the Proceedings—which will be dealt with in separate reports.

For the Committee.

Chas. Chilton, Hon. Editor.

Publication of Proceedings.—The Publication Committee begs to report that it has considered the question of reissuing the Proceedings separately, and considers the Institute would not be justified in incurring the additional expense necessary during the present crisis.

Publication of Transactions.—The Committee appointed to consider the question of publishing the Transactions oftener than once a year begs to report that, as the change would probably lead to some additional expense, it recommends that no action be taken this year.

Major Broun's Work on Coleoptera.—The President read a letter from Major Broun, and asked for instructions regarding a further paper. On the motion of Professor Marshall, seconded by Mr. Petrie, it was resolved, That the question of publishing Major Broun's paper on Coleoptera be referred to the Publication Committee to make all necessary inquiries and to report to the Standing Committee before action is taken.

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Librarian's Report.—The Hon. Librarian's report was read and adopted, as follows:—

Hon. Librarian's Report.

Owing to the congestion in the room of the Museum used jointly for the library of the New Zealand Institute and of the Wellington Philosophical Society, it has been found necessary to remove and store a large number of old books. This operation has been delayed owing to the use of this room during the greater part of the year for other Museum purposes, and is not yet completed, but it has enabled the majority of the current journals to be assembled, tied up in volumes, and placed on the shelves. At the same time I have introduced a partial geographical classification in the arrangement of the journals, making it easier to trace and find them. I propose also to supply an additional number of light ladders to enable more ready access to the higher shelves. When these arrangements are completed the library will be much more easy to work and use.

It must not be forgotten, however, that the placing of the volumes in the shelves without binding is not only an unsatisfactory procedure, but is one that makes the ultimate putting of the library in order a more difficult and costly matter with every year that passes. As proposals regarding the library will come before the Board of Governors in the form of a report from the Standing Committee, it is not necessary to make any remedial suggestions at this juncture.

Library Committee.—It was proposed by Dr. Allan Thomson, seconded by Professor Farr, That a Library Committee of three, including the Hon. Librarian, be appointed.—Carried.

Dominion Scientific, Art, and Historical Library.—The following report was received from the sub-committee (appointed by the Standing Committee) to draw up conditions under which the library of the Board of Governors should be offered to the proposed Dominion Scientific, Art, and Historical Library:—

Conditions under which it is recommended that the Library of the New Zealand Institute be handed over to the Board of Science and Art.

The Board of Governors hereby offer to hand over their library to the custody of the Board of Science and Art, to form an integral part of the Dominion Scientific, Art, and Historical Library as constituted under the Science and Art Act of 1913, on the following conditions:—

(1.) That the transfer of books do not take place until a fireproof building of modern design has been erected for the housing of the books and a competent librarian has been appointed to give his whole time to the management of the library.

(2.) That the library be a reference library, the books or periodicals of which do not circulate for home use; but that members of the New Zealand Institute shall have access to the library at reasonable hours, and that any member of the New Zealand Institute who is engaged in research may, upon recommendation of two Governors of the Institute, receive from the Librarian a special permit to take out books and periodicals for home use.

(3.) That in the event of the Science and Art Board being disbanded, or its constitution being reorganized under a new Act of Parliament, the Institute have the right to withdraw its collection of books in whole or in part from the Dominion Science and Art Library.

(4.) That the Board of Science and Art shall make provision in the new Dominion Museum and Library building for a board-room for the use of the Board of Governors of the Institute.

Professor Easterfield presented the report; which was considered, and on the motion of Mr. Ewen, seconded by Professor Kirk, it was resolved, That the Board of Governors hereby offer to hand over their library to the custody of the Board of Science and Art, to form an integral part of the Dominion Scientific, Art, and Historical Library as constituted under the Science and Art Act of 1913, on conditions to be agreed to by the Institute and the Board of Science and Art, and that the transfer of the

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library do not take place until a fireproof building of modern design has been erected for the housing of the books and a competent librarian has been appointed to give his whole time to the management of the library.

A motion by Professor Farr, seconded by Mr. Petrie, That the question of handing over the Institute library to the Science and Art Board be referred to the various local Institute Councils for consideration, and that these Councils be asked to report before June to the Standing Committe, was lost.

Professor Easterfield moved, and Mr. G. M. Thomson seconded, and it was carried, That clauses (2), (3), and (4) of the recommendations of the sub-committee be the basis upon which negotiations with the Science and Art Board be based, and that these clauses be referred back to the Standing Committee, with power to act.

On the motion of Mr. Petrie, seconded by Professor Marshall, it was resolved, That the words “That the books handed over by the Institute” be substituted for the first three words of clause (2), and that “these books” be substituted for “the library” in line 3.

Finances of the Institute.—On the motion of Mr. G. M. Thomson, seconded by Mr. Hill, it was resolved, That this Institute bring under the notice of the Government the fact that its work is constantly hampered and limited by lack of adequate funds, and urge that as early as possible the statutory grant of £500 be increased to £750.

On the motion of Mr. H. Hill, seconded by Dr. L. Cockayne, it was resolved, That the question of levy as recommended by the Treasurer be deferred for consideration until the next annual meeting of the Institute.

Correspondence.—Correspondence was received as follows:—

Tongariro National Park.—A letter dated the 12th January, 1915, from the General Manager, Tourist and Health Resorts, stating that action was being taken to enlarge the boundary of the park, was received. It was resolved, on the motion of Professor Kirk, That the letter be received, and the matter be kept steadily in view by the Standing Committee.

Grasses of New Zealand.—A letter dated the 12th January, 1915, was received from the Secretary of the Agricultural Department, to the effect that the proposed work by Mr. Petrie would have to stand over until times were normal again

Plumage Bill.—A letter dated the 1st December, 1914, from the Royal Zoological and Acclimatization Society of Victoria was received, and, on the motion of Professor Kirk, seconded by Mr. G. M. Thomson, it was resolved, That the Institute again ask the Government to bring in a Bill on the lines of the British Plumage Act.

Replies from Dr. R. McNab and Professor Engler in response to congratulatory motions passed at the last annual meeting were received.

Cape Kidnappers Gannets Reserve.—A letter dated the 21st December, 1914, was received from the Under-Secretary of Internal Affairs, advising that arrangements are now being made with the owners of the land to convey the area to the Crown to be set apart as a reserve. It was resolved that the thanks of the Institute be tendered to Mr. Gordon for his gift and to the Government for its action.

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Dr. Mortensen's Report on New Zealand Echinodermata.—The President read a letter from Dr. Mortensen concerning the publication of papers by him on the Echinodermata of New Zealand, and it was resolved, on the motion of Professor Easterfield, seconded by Mr. Petrie, That the Publication Committee be authorized to make arrangements for the publication of the work.

Cost of Illustrations in Transactions.—A report from the Secretary, with quotations from London firms showing the cost of producing coloured illustrations, was referred to the Publication Committee for consideration and report.

Fishes of New Zealand.—On the motion of Mr. G. M. Thomson, seconded by Professor P. Marshall, it was resolved, That, in consideration of the vast importance of the fishing industry, this Institute again brings before the Government the desirability of having a catalogue of the fishes of New Zealand prepared at as early a date as possible.

Thermal Regions of New Zealand.—On the motion of Mr. Speight, seconded by Professor Marshall, it was resolved, That the Government be urged to undertake the preparation of a complete scientific report on the thermal regions of the North Island, and that the matter of choosing a time for approaching the Government be left in the hands of the Standing Committee, with power to act.

Honorary Member.—Dr. W. Bateson, F.R.S., was elected an honorary member of the Institute.

Election of Officers.—The following officers for the year were elected: President—Mr. D. Petrie; Hon. Treasurer—Mr. C. A. Ewen; Hon. Editor—Professor C. Chilton; Library Committee—Dr. Cockayne, Dr. Cotton, and the Hon. Librarian; Hon. Librarian—Dr. J. Allan Thomson; Publication Committee—Professors Benham, Chilton, Farr, and Messrs. Speight and G. M. Thomson; Secretary—Mr. B. C. Aston; Hector Award Committee for 1915—Professor Pollock, (Sydney), Professor Carslaw (Sydney), Professor W. E. Cooke (Sydney), and Rev. Father Piggott (Sydney).

Salaries.—It was resolved that the Secretary's salary be the same as last year.

Travelling-expenses.—It was resolved that the hotel and travelling expenses of the Governors should be paid.

Date and Place of next Annual Meeting.—It was resolved that the meeting be held on the last Friday in January, 1916, in Wellington.

Votes of Thanks to the Hon. Editor and President (Professor Chilton), to the Hon. Treasurer (Mr. C. A. Ewen), to the Hon. Acting-Treasurer (Professor von Zedlitz), and to the Hon. Librarian and Hon. Acting-Secretary (Dr. Allan Thomson), were passed.

Confirmed, 30th January, 1915.

D. Petrie, President.